2018 AL Central: It stinks!

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Five of worst seven bullpens, by opponents’ OPS, are in AL Central:


DBacks: .572
Cubs: .597
Astros: .610
Brewers: .631
Padres: .637
Braves: .655


Royals: .828
Indians: .808
White Sox: .804
Marlins: .793
Twins: .776
Athletics: .765
Tigers: .758

— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) May 16, 2018

mookieproof, Wednesday, 16 May 2018 16:58 (one year ago) Permalink

The rebuild of the rotation is not going well for the White Sox: Giolito and Fulmer have rather negative WAR and xFIP over 6. Fulmer has been sent down. Lopez has been okay but it's suggested he is due for a nasty regression and Covey, well it's small sample size but he seems okay. In the minors, Kopech is walking a lot (4.57 bb/9 in AAA); Burdi has been better but with the same amount of walks, Alec Hansen has not thrown yet.

Jimenez has been great, on the other hand.

Van Horn Street, Friday, 25 May 2018 16:11 (eleven months ago) Permalink

i'm curious what the nationals saw that made them give up on giolito so quickly. among other things, i think his velocity has dropped precipitously since they traded him

mookieproof, Friday, 25 May 2018 17:54 (eleven months ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

Well the rotation rebuild for the White Sox has one nice surprise: Dylan Covey, who has pitched like a solid starter over his first 5 games.

Van Horn Street, Sunday, 10 June 2018 19:38 (eleven months ago) Permalink

However, Fulmer, Kopech and Lopez are still walking tons of batters, either in Triple A or in the Majors.

Van Horn Street, Sunday, 10 June 2018 19:43 (eleven months ago) Permalink

I'm kinda invested in the White Sox failing their rebuild. You shouldn't have a core of good to great players in Sale, Quintana, Eaton, Abreu approaching their prime/in their prime and two pretty good prospect in Rondon and Anderson and call it quits and start a rebuild from there. I'm hoping we live in a world in which hoarding a lot of top 100 prospect doesn't always work.

Van Horn Street, Sunday, 10 June 2018 19:51 (eleven months ago) Permalink

Can’t recall the last time a division was this bad.

Andy K, Saturday, 16 June 2018 21:40 (eleven months ago) Permalink

NL Central was pretty bad the year the Cardinals won the series a few years back.

earlnash, Sunday, 17 June 2018 00:02 (eleven months ago) Permalink

2006 was the year I as thinking about, been a while now I guess.


Still miss the Astros in the NL.

earlnash, Sunday, 17 June 2018 02:25 (eleven months ago) Permalink

royals broke a streak of 19 games scoring no more than four runs

mookieproof, Wednesday, 27 June 2018 21:03 (ten months ago) Permalink

royals are 12-41 vs right-handed starters

johnny crunch, Thursday, 28 June 2018 01:14 (ten months ago) Permalink

All teams in the division lost the last 2 days, and the projections are not good (except for the Indians).

the ignatius rock of ignorance (Dr Morbius), Sunday, 1 July 2018 15:31 (ten months ago) Permalink

Cleveland has the worst winning percentage among first-place teams.

The second-place team is ten games under .500.

Andy K, Monday, 2 July 2018 02:35 (ten months ago) Permalink

One month ago the Twins rushed Byron Buxton back from the disabled list without a rehab assignment and let him play through a broken toe for three weeks, eventually putting him back on the DL.

Today the Twins activated Buxton from the disabled list and demoted him to Triple-A.

— Aaron Gleeman (@AaronGleeman) July 2, 2018

mookieproof, Monday, 2 July 2018 19:55 (ten months ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

We got Hand!!

Mr. Snrub, Thursday, 19 July 2018 15:19 (ten months ago) Permalink

With a temperature of 107 degrees at first pitch, it was the hottest start ever for game at the Rangers ballpark, which is in its 25th season. It was still 92 degrees when the game ended 4 hours and 48 minutes later -- just a few minutes before midnight.

burzum buddies (brownie), Saturday, 21 July 2018 14:26 (ten months ago) Permalink

too effin hot

burzum buddies (brownie), Saturday, 21 July 2018 14:27 (ten months ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

Kluber three-hit complete game today against the Angels, game score of 93.

timellison, Sunday, 5 August 2018 06:12 (nine months ago) Permalink

four weeks pass...

Twins create an adversarial situation with Buxton


a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 4 September 2018 16:31 (eight months ago) Permalink

this is the sort of thing where a commissioner who had the best interests of baseball at heart might do something to ensure that the best players are able to play

unfortunately the commissioner does not work for 'baseball' -- he works for the owners

mookieproof, Tuesday, 4 September 2018 17:52 (eight months ago) Permalink

six months pass...

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